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Devine new pattern

It is COLD! It is bright and fine here in Shetland today, but…
Bloomin’ heck, it is cold!
I never like to have my thrapple bare at this time of year and as soon as the weather changes you can bet I will have wool around my neck until at least March.

I was excited to see that Clare Devine has a new pattern out today which will banish the chill from your thrapple and look very pretty too.


Snell, old Scots for absolutely-perishin’-Baltic-so-it-is, is a slipped stitch , reversible cowl that can be worn short and sweet, or knit longer to double up around your neck to keep you cozy.


Snell is knit in two yarns from Ginger Twist Studio dyed (and modelled) by Jess, but Clare says that this pattern is designed to set your stashed single skeins free! I have already been stash-diving and selected some DK BFL/Masham from Laxtons and Viola from John Arbon! Both yarns are dreamily soft with lovely subtle colour changes in both the dyed and the natural yarn.


I think it will make a lovely quick knit, as the elegant slip-stitch pattern is easy to remember. What a lovely knitted gift this would also make?

Snell costs £3 and is available on Clare’s Ravelry store.

Come back here on Friday when episode 14 of the KnitBritish podcast will be here. There is an exclusive chat with Clare and Jess about their new collaboration. You REALLY won’t want to miss it.

Many thanks to Clare for the kind use of her pictures.


  1. That pattern looks lovely. And now I know a new word. I saw “Snell” and thought it was an Archers reference *blush*

  2. Susan says

    Hmm, I unfortunately run a little ‘hot’ and this would give me the hot flash from…well, you know where 🙂 Even here in northern Idaho in the winter! I have to have something I can RIP off at a moments notice but this does look lovely. thank you.

  3. Lovely pattern and next week our temperatures plummet so your timing is perfect. I really enjoyed the link to the Scots Language site. I guessed what “thrapple” means because in past times knitters sometimes used the dried out windpipe of a goose to wrap their yarn about. With a couple of dried peas inside it, it served as a rattle so that one could locate ones yarn if dropped in a dark house of an evening. If the book be true…

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